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Research Methods Lecture 10 Finding Resources
Transcript of Research Methods Lecture 10 Finding Resources
Go to the site for the newspaper and search from there
OR go through Google
Relevancy depends on your topic
Great for "current event data"
What was happening (or what people thought was happening) at the time of an event
Down with Dewey
B: Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Religion
C: History-related disciplines
D: History (NOT Americas)
E-F: History (Americas)
G: Geography, Anthropology
H: Social Sciences
J: Political Science
First two lines: subject/sub-subject (read alphabetically)
3rd line: Author's last name (read together)
Beg, Borrow, Steal
How to Search?
Look for .gov, .org, .edu sites
Avoid unofficial sites or those unaffiliated with a legitimate organization
Use quotation marks where appropriate
Use "AND" "OR" "NOT"
Try Google if a website's search doesn't give results
Browse specific journals for relevant articles
APSR, IRQ, etc.
Problem: SLOW and possibly a waste of time
More useful if there's a journal specific to your topic (or an issue specific to your topic)
Do NOT trust the first Google result as correct OR the most legitimate
Governments, institutions, organizations, etc.
Personal home pages
Dr. Courtney Thomas
Lecture 10: Finding Resources
The qualifications of the author and/or publisher
Interest and advocacy groups
Find corroborating sources
Depth and breadth
Summon (VT Library)
Log in for off campus access
World Wide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest)
World Treaty Index
World Public Opinion
World Development Indicators (World Bank)
Ethically, of course
Look at the bibliographies of sources you use
Look at books surrounding those you find through search engines
Ask you faculty for help
Get to know your library http://www.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides/start/index.html
Get to know your resource librarian!!!
Use ILL where necessary